Balmoral Castle the backdrop to the race

Douglas is hunting for a Balmoral record - 13 February 2012

Scottish international Andrew Douglas has confirmed he's hunting for a course record in this year's Stena Drilling 10Km at Balmoral Castle.

The Caithness athlete, who won the 10Km in 2010 and was fifth last year, is currently showing excellent form on the cross country circuit.

He finished 11th in the IAAF cross country international at Antrim last month and is one of the favourites to land the men's title in the Scottish national championships this weekend (18th February).

Douglas is, however, also looking forward to the coming road racing season and he has already listed Balmoral as one of his prime targets.

He said:"I've decided to race the 10Km at Balmoral again and, hopefully, if I can maintain an injury-free period of training I'll stand a good chance at setting a new course record."

The record he's chasing is the 31min 23sec time set by fellow Scottish international Robert Russell five years ago.

Douglas is more than capable of achieving his goal as he has a personal best time of 29:46 for the distance, albeit this was set on a faster course than the Balmoral one.

He added:"I'm going to try and be more selective of the races I run  this year so that I can give myself every opportunity of improving my 10k and half marathon times."

Andrew's other racing plans between now and the Balmoral run on 28th April include outings in the Inverness and Reading half marathons.

He is the defending champion in the Inverness event which this year is carrying a bumper £1,000 pay cheque for the men's and women's champions.

The Reading race is part of this year's RunBritain series.

Andrew said:"I'm going to focus on the RunBritain grand prix races as, looking at past results, these are all very competitive and run on fast courses."

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